Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs For May 2012

May 2012 Planting By The Signs Calendar

Can you believe today is May 1st? I cannot.

May makes me think of planting the garden. Its the month when you’re pretty sure the last frost is over (at least in our neck of the woods) and you’re safe to plant all those veggies that can’t handle the cold.

Back in March, I told you my plan to simplify my sign planting approach by concentrating on the most fruitful zodiac signs of Cancer and Pisces. As you can see from the calendar above-I’m already slipping from my plan-I’ve added 2 other fruitful signs-Taurus and Scorpio.

For the past few years-May has been the month my planting by the signs test kicks off. The 4th Annual Blind Pig & the Acorn’s Planting by the Signs Tests starts later this month. (*if you agreed to participate-the seeds have been mailed out-so be on the look out)

May also makes me think of graduations and the end of the school year. (the girls can’t wait till summer vacation-and I’m ready for it too!)

There is one more thing May makes me think of…

The deer hunter 5


The Deer Hunter. Today is his Birthday. I snapped this photo of him the other evening on the porch when the Burnt Toast & Cracklings band was jamming-he didn’t even know I was in the world.

I like that you can see my shadow on his arm and shoulder-right where I’m supposed to be-with him.



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    May 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Happy belated birthday to the Deer Hunter!
    This year is flying by!!!

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    Suzi Phillips
    May 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, Tipper-ain’t love grand? Happy birthday, Deer Hunter, I love being a May baby, don’t you?

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    susie swanson
    May 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Deer Hunter and congrats to the winner.. I try and go by the signs but sometimes I fail badly..

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    Miss Cindy
    May 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Tipper, I ran into Carol from Sow True Seeds this morning. They are so happy to be partnering with you on your plant test. They really are such nice people!
    I promise you, Ed, with Tipper and the Deer Hunter absolute devotion goes both ways! That last comment made my eyes well up too.

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    May 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    A great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Deer Hunter. I’m so excited I had a big piece of cake in his honor!

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    janet pressley
    May 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Max!!! Nana

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    May 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Congradulations to RB on winning
    Charles’ book.
    And a big Happy Birthday to the
    Deer Hunter. Make him his favorite
    cake! I think it’s Special to show
    your enduring love with a Shadow.
    And I’m proud to have friends in Wilson Hollar…Ken

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    B f
    May 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    happy b/day to the deer hunter and his beautiful wife and family
    yes Tipper may 1st always makes me sad thinking of the days when my boys were little , i just had to be at their school for the maypole thing they did back then
    thats been a long time ago and what i,d give just to go back and visit one of their little programs
    enjoy them while you can for too soon they dont need you anymore

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Happy birthday Deer Hunter. Hope you have a hundred more!

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    Mrs. K
    May 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Happy Birthday to the Deer Hunter. Great photo with your shadow on his shoulder – just perfect!

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    A big Happy Birthday to Deerhunter! Getting ready to dig the taters in my garden. The butterbeans are putting on blooms and I have lots of little roma tomatoes on the vine. We plant a lot earlier down here in FL!

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Tipper, tell him Happy Birthday for me! The picture is great. And the shadow comment–only you! I love it. The comment about putting flowers on old women’s doors kind of appealed to me, but I’d be afraid I couldn’t run fast enough!

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love the explanation with your shadow with the Deer Hunter. Well done!

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Happy birthday dear Deer Hunter!

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Lise-I try to following the signs for planting my seedlings too-but try is the word : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    happy birthday to hubby.

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Sandy-I’ve heard of the tradition-but never remember to do it! Maybe next year : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    B. Ruth
    May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    PS…Tipper, folks…
    I got the name of the rose wrong, it’s Hot Cocoa and Cherry parfait…A grandiflora and floribunda…just in case someone was going to look them up..They are older AARS winners…I shore love me some roses…LOL
    Thanks Tipper,

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    B. Ruth
    May 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    It has been beautiful here for a few days…In fact very hot during the day…Guess we’ll get the rest of what we are planting in this weekend…As usual the better half planted too many squash, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes…and we’re not even Italian…but love that zucchini casserole…LOL
    A Big Old Happy Birfday to Deer hunter! LOL
    You, Chatter and Chitter shore have a handsome husband and Father…..
    I’d keep my “shadder” under his arm and shoulder where it belongs too!..LOL
    Yesterday was our anniversary..47th I think! LOL
    Used to get four roses…but with the bad economy and the rise in prices only two roses this year..
    Not the kind you drink the kind you plant…Although one is called Dark Cocoa…and the other is Cherry parfait…LOL
    Thanks Tipper,

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    S Kalvaitis
    May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love the pic of your Deer Hunter. Do you know about the May Day tradition of putting flowers on an old lady’s door and running away? It is great fun.

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    Mary Shipman
    May 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Happy birthday, Deer Hunter, you share the day with my Gram, another highly excellent person to grace this world!
    We have some rain this morning on Sunrise Ridge, the garden is cheering mightily. You can almost see the potatoes and corn stalks reaching up for it!
    Hopefully the weather will settle, we can finish planting and start the hope and hard work to get it done!
    Have a good day!

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    May 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I love your comment about your shadow! Happy Birthday Deer hunter!
    I will be following your planting by the signs plan for our garden, though I did not sign up for seeds. We planted the seeds that require starting indoors before planting in the garden, does planting by the signs mean those too Or just when transplanting them?
    Love your blog Tipper!

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    dolores barton
    May 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

    That picture is a keeper – framed and put in a special place. I’m not so great with planting, but I keep plugging away. Happy Birthday to the ‘Deer Hunter!’ Special cake time!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

    And since you had to make the shadow comment-shouldn’t your shadow always be on his back?

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    May 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Happy Birthday to the Deer Hunter!
    Tipper, after a spell of very warm weather, we’ve been having cold nights again the past week or so…high 20s and low 30s. I feel sorry for the folks who gambled with early planting during the recent spell of 60s and even 70s. Anything that was up and growing got frosted this past week.
    Overall, though, things are really greening up here in MA, and I’ve been turning the yearling goats into a new patch of invasives to battle the bittersweet and roses into defeat and make us a new garden spot for next year. Go, goats!

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    May 1, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Yes indeed Tipper your shadow did turn out on his arm where you are suppose to be!! How neat is that !!! We had frost up here again the other evening so I only have in the garden what herbs have come up on their own and the veggies that can withstand the colder temperature…but I am sure itching to get it all in, work it and reap the benefits of the labor.

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    Canned Quilter
    May 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Happy birthday Deer Hunter from the Hickery Holler folks : )

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    Ed Ammons
    May 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I been waitin’ for the appropriate time to ask this question:
    So how many kinds of Sow True seeds are in your trousseau?

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    Ed Myers
    May 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Your last comment made me cry, in a good way.
    That’s as how it should be, on both sides of the ledger.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Here in FL, we are putting our gardens too bed. It is mostly too hot to grow through the summer. We will plant again in the fall.

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    Mike McLain
    May 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Happy Birthday to the Deer Hunter!

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